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Utah Valley junior Kaylee Shimizu tees off at Hawaii's Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Hawaii. On Thursday, Shimizu carded an even-par 71 to lead the way for UVU at the WAC Championship and sit in a tie for fourth place.

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The Utah Valley University women's golf team leads the way after carding a 5-over-par 289 during Thursday's opening round of play at the 2019 WAC Championship at Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington.

The Wolverines will enter Friday's second round three strokes ahead of the host Seattle U Redhawks, as SU sits at 8-over-par (292). UVU is also four shots ahead of New Mexico State (293) and five ahead of the defending conference champion Grand Canyon Lopes (294). The 289 is UVU's second-best 18-hole team score in school history and just one stroke back of the program record of 288.

"Our team played well on a challenging golf course. We stayed patient and strong through some difficult stretches of holes," head UVU coach Sue Nyhus said. "The last two holes were statistically two of the toughest holes. Although we made a few bogeys, we made more pars than the other teams."

Junior Kaylee Shimizu led the way for the Wolverines on Thursday by carding an even-par 71 to sit in a tie for fourth place. Shimizu, who won her first collegiate tournament last month in her home state of Hawaii, recorded a trio of birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys on her way to carding the 71.

Two-time All-WAC performer and senior Carly Dehlin Hirsch as well as sophomore Keila Baladad, too, sit in the top 10 for UVU, as they are both tied for eighth at 1-over-par (72). Dehlin Hirsch and Baladad both recorded a pair of birdies, a trio of bogeys and 13 pars to each post a 1-over 72 on the day.

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Freshman Nathalie Irlbacher is next for the Wolverines after carding a 3-over-par 74 on Thursday to sit in a tie for 15th place. Irlbacher led the way for UVU on the day by recording a total of four birdies. Junior Kate Williamson rounds out Utah Valley's lineup in 42nd place after tallying an 11-over 82.

NM State's Dominique Galloway and SU's Vendela From are leading the individual leaderboard at 2-under-par (69).

The WAC Championship will continue on Friday with the tournament's second round at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT. UVU will tee-off beginning at 10:40 a.m. MT/9:40 a.m. PT. The tournament will then conclude on Saturday. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting GolfStat.com.

Day One Results